One of Tokyo’s iconic landmarks, Tokyo Tower adopted the colours of Rugby World Cup 2019 while the country’s professional Top League teams lent their support on social media. Japanese rugby fans are beginning to feel the excitement! Rugby World Cup 2019 host city activities included:
Members of the Sapporo Official Supporters’ Club literally began from the ground up to build more grass-roots enthusiasm for Rugby World Cup 2019.
The 1,000 days to go milestone was marked in a popular underground pedestrian mall in Sapporo.
Iwate Prefecture and Kamaishi City
This longtime rugby stronghold set up a tournament countdown board in front of the Iwate Prefectural Hall to mark the 1,000 days to go to the RWC 2019.
A 2019 commemorative banner was presented for display.
Saitama Prefecture and Kumagaya City
A major tag rugby tournament involving teams from five prefectures and the Tokyo metropolitan area was the setting for the 1,000 days commemorative event, held at the Kumagaya Rugby Stadium.
Tag rugby is gaining popularity and looks good for future development in Japan.
As the capital city’s night skyline gained a new illumination, fans celebrated 1,000 days to go to the tournament within the city. Tokyo’s sports mascot Yurito greeted fans at Tokyo Tower.
Rugby World Cup 2019 Ambassador Tsutomu Matsuda (former Japan National Team member) also took part in a discussion about Rugby and Rugby World Cup.
Kanagawa Prefecture and Yokohama City
At one of Yokohama’s most popular sightseeing and shopping sites, the Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse, the Host City organised a Rugby World Cup 2019 promotional event.
A call for fans to register their interest for the Official Supporters Club took place, along with workshops on tag rugby for elementary school players conducted by former members of the Japan national team.
The ‘1,000 Days To Go’ event was not only an occasion for all the family but also looked to inspire future generations of Japanese rugby players and fans.
Aichi Prefecture and Toyoda City
An event entitled “Try For All – 1,000 Days To Go” was held at Toyoda Stadium, one of the official host venues for Rugby World Cup 2019.
Sydney Olympic Judo silver medalist Shinichi Shinohara, joined current professional rugby players in a lively discussion on the big tournament and rugby.
Osaka Prefecture and Higashiosaka City
A Rugby World Cup 2019 promotional event was hosted by the professional Top League, NTT Docomo Red Hurricanes at the legendary Hanazono Rugby Stadium in Higashiosaka.
Earlier, members of the public in Osaka’s popular commercial area, Namba received numerous Rugby World Cup 2019 memorabilia.
The city of Kobe sponsored a rugby-themed event that featured attractions such as panel discussions and a fanzone with opportunities for fans to join in and play rugby.
Rugby World Cup 2019 Ambassador Terunori Masuho led discussions on rugby and the forthcoming tournament.
Fukuoka Prefecture and Fukuoka City
Over two weekend days, the Kyushu host areas (Fukuoka, Kumamoto and Oita) held commemorative events for the 1,000 days milestone. Here, visitors were able to create their own photo scoring a try.
Visitors and supporters were encouraged to share their hopes for the tournament on the community commentary board.
Kumamoto Prefecture and Kumamoto City
A big drive for registration to the Official Supporters’ Club took place.
Local mascots lent their support to attract fans to photo opportunities - many visitors joined in the fun.
A registration drive for the Official Supporters’ Club took place at two major railway stations along with a photo exhibition commemorating Rugby World Cup 2015.